8 Tips from the Emperor How to Become a God in 10 Days Why Praise Doesn’t Matter Marcus Aurelius ran the biggest multi-national of its day, Rome Inc. He headed the army, the superpower of its time. He was “hands on”, leading from the front, literally sitting around the camp fire with his troops on … Continue reading
from Sydney Morning Herald, November 18, 2013, Alison Griswold US President Barack Obama. Photo: AP Everyone has things that tick them off, and that’s especially true for powerful leaders who frequently deal with people. From half-baked ideas to working around the clock, we’ve collected the management pet peeves of 10 of the world’s most influential leaders. Most … Continue reading
You don’t get your face on a $100 US note for nothing. Especially if you’re chubby, bespectacled, balding and ineloquent. But Benjamin Franklin did. Moreover, aside from being a renowned scientist and famous diplomat, he was also a big hit with the ladies. (His time as US Ambassador to France is the stuff of legend.) Here’s … Continue reading
by Andrew St. George (edited by Duff Watkins) “The name’s Bond; James Bond.” Actually, it’s Commander James Bond, for the world’s foremost and coolest secret agent was trained by Britain’s Royal Navy. He learned leadership and strategy there. Now so can you. Writer Andrew St. George spent three years with the Royal Navy and written … Continue reading
Effective communication is the key to business relationships. But remember, style matters! Even when communicating harsh truths. See how easy it is? Or to quote Ashleigh Brilliant: Words are a wonderful form of communication but they’ll never replace kisses and punches. With a little practice, you too can communicate effectively in style.
Many companies (including mine) routinely employ corporate comedians as presenters, master of ceremonies, and hoaxers. Here are 31 reasons why it’s good to blend business with comedy: It’s fun. We’re all dead a long time, especially in the afternoons. It anchors your message (…and sometimes sinks it, but hey, you’re above ground so why worry?) … Continue reading
Let’s count the ways: Partners in a multinational consulting firm with higher scores on ‘emotional intelligence’ delivered $1.2M more profit than other partners. Analysis of 300+ top-level executives from 15 global companies showed that ‘emotional competence’ differentiated the stars from the average executives. One study showed that the primary cause of derailment … Continue reading